Copa Sandino 2009

The following invite has been recieved:

Dear Futbolista y amigo de Nicaragua,

I am contacting you to see if you would like to enter a team for this year’s Copa Sandino. It will take place on the afternoon of SUNDAY 17th MAY at Ashton Park Secondary School, Blackmoors Lane, Ashton, Bristol BS3 2JL. Four five a side pitches will be marked out with no rebound boards. This year Ashton Park school is kindly allowing us to use their sports fields despite major building work going on. It is anticipated that the machines will be silent on the day but you may have to go and get your ball from under a digger from time to time.

The Copa Sandino is a sponsored, charity five-a-side football tournament which raises money to support solidarity and development projects in Nicaragua.. Each team is asked to send us a cheque for £50 as a non-refundable deposit and minimum contribution made out to “BLINC”. Sponsor forms and info will be sent out on receipt of this payment. Players are expected to raise at least £10 per person.

You will need at least one keeper and five outfield players. Please ensure that all players have the same colour shirts. Bibs are however available. We will also provide the balls and referees. There will be a DJ and Latino food available from 11.30am and the games will start at 12.30pm finishing at 5pm. You will get a minimum of five matches as the bottom 3 in each group go into the “Plato Collett”. Please arrive by 12.00 at the latest. Depending on the weather, you may need football boots/moulded or trainers. Teams from the local Brazilian, Colombian, Spanish and Chilean communities have been invited.

This year we are raising money for women’s projects in Nicaragua.

Please  email: to book your team a place as 20 spaces available on a first come first served basis or for further information. Please send your deposit cheque made out to “BLINC” with your team’s name and contact details as soon as possible to guarantee your place, to:

BLINC c/o BITA, SSH St Matthias Campus, UWE, Bristol BS16 2JP

Good luck and see you at the Copa Sandino 2009

En solidaridad
Alix Hughes

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